Tongue Scraping

Tongue scraping is one of the best and easiest way detox your body on a daily basis. This ancient Ayurvedic self care practice is for everyone- adults, children and even babies. Out of all of the morning self care practices, oil pulling and tongue scraping are my favorite.


The tongue is actually a map of the entire body, each part corresponding to different organs. A part of my Ayurvedic consultation is to examine the tongue to give clues to what is happening internally. It is really fascinating when health issues actually show up on the tongue, showing proof that it is real. Check out this tongue map to look at what parts of the tongue correspond to which organs. Scraping the tongue is literally lifting and removing the toxins and bacteria out of the body.

Digestive Health

Tongue scraping will help get rid of bad breath and also enable a better sense of taste without that coating on the tongue. If you are a person that needs a lot of sugar in your tea or coffee, you might not be wanting to add as much because of the increase in sensitivity. In Ayurveda digestion starts at the mouth. Tongue scraping stimulates the the organs in the body helping jumpstart the digestive process.

Starting At An Early Age

I started scraping my son’s tongue when he started bathing, which was roughly when he was 2-3 weeks old. Many people use a soft muslin cloth to gently wipe the tongue and remove the white coating, if any, from drinking breast milk or formula. Babies are prone to developing candida, or a yeast infection on their tongue. Surprisingly, there are not many baby tongue cleaners available here in the U.S. but I found this one on Amazon which works great. I would advise to steer away from using the finger bristle toothbrush on the tongue since it likely will just push the toxins into the tongue rather than actually scraping it off.

For children and adults I would recommend stainless steel or copper tongue scraper. Copper was used primarily thousands of years ago, but it tends to darken and rust over time. Nowdays, most people use stainless steel and it is actually what I prefer as well.

When To Tongue Scrape?

Tongue scrape in the morning after brushing your teeth. Never do this at night, even if you do brush before heading to bed. The reason for this is over the course of the entire night the tongue pulls out toxins from the body as it cleanses itself throughout the night. In the morning, all of the toxins are already on the surface of the tongue and ready to be scraped off. If you do tongue scrape at night again, it would basically interrupt this process by moving around these toxins and possibly have them reabsorbed back into the body.

How To Do It?

  1. Extend your tongue out and place tongue scraper at the back of your tongue.
  2. Gently but firmly scrape and lift the coating from the back of tongue all the way to the front tip of your tongue. Rinse the tongue scraper with water.
  3. Repeat this 5-10 times until you can visibly see the coating is reduced.

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